Belt up and be safe in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 06:57 16 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:26 26 October 2009

A WEEK long campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of driving without a seat belt kicks off today (Monday). In co-ordination with TISPOL (European Police Traffic Network), Hertfordshire Constabulary is reminding people of the importance of belting

A WEEK long campaign to raise awareness of the dangers of driving without a seat belt kicks off today (Monday).

In co-ordination with TISPOL (European Police Traffic Network), Hertfordshire Constabulary is reminding people of the importance of belting up every time they get in a car.

County councillor Stuart Pile, executive member for highways, transport & rural affairs said "It's vital that drivers and passengers of all ages make sure they are correctly restrained whilst on the road, especially in the current dangerous conditions. Belting up could be the difference between life and death.'

Donna Pierce, chief inspector of strategic roads policing, said: "Putting on a seatbelt should be second nature to drivers and passengers.

"It greatly reduces the chance of you being injured or killed if you are involved in a collision, as well as the fact that not wearing one is against the law."

Anyone caught not wearing a seatbelt faces a fine of £30. Drivers are also reminded that they are responsible for all passengers under the age of 14.

Pc Pearce added: "I'd also remind parents and guardians to make sure children have the correct seat and restraint, fitted correctly, to help keep them safe when travelling."

The County Council's road safety unit is offering free child seat checks to parents. Contact 01992 556814 to make an appointment.

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